MIZE, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of visitors traveled to the town of Mize Saturday, to celebrate a great Mississippi fruit and support some local volunteer firefighters. It was all part of the 33rd annual, Mississippi Watermelon Festival.
The event featured traditional watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, along with live entertainment, games and all the free watermelon you could eat.
All the proceeds are benefitting the Mize Volunteer Fire Department.
"Most people know our fire station burned two years ago and we are back in it, operational, and we have replaced most of the trucks we lost at that time and most of the equipment...most of that is due to the festival funds," said Terresa Stewart, festival director.
Concerts from 2 Nashville recording artists were scheduled to close out the festival Saturday night.